~ Issey Miyake// IN-EI for Artemide

Issey Miyake is a fashion designer who is renowned for his pleats and origami styling. He setup Reality Lab, a research and development team formed by Miyake, textile engineer Manabu Kikuchi and pattern engineer Sachinko Yamamoto, which has experimented with materials research since 2007. Reality Lab recycles plastic bottles to produce clothing and now also lighting forms.
The latest creation is a lamp for Artemide called IN-EI, which will be presented at the Salone del Mobile in Milan.
Without internal structure, the fabric is its raison d’etre. The polyester fiber that gives body to IN-EI arises from the research project '132 5. Issey Miyake', developing clothing that is folded flat, origami-style, only to become wearable garments when unfolded.

The innovative process, which uses recycled material, from PET bottles, is based on a mathematical algorithm the work of computer scientist Jun Mitani who creates three-dimensional structures with smoothly curved surfaces by folding flat materials.
Articles in recycled polyester fabrics can be undone and reused as raw material to infinity, they do not lose quality. Also, compared to the new production petroleum-based, allow to reduce the energy consumption and CO2 emissions up to 80 per cent.

Turning an image into clothing is a unique art-
'The designers find fold and cut lines to make the 3D shapes fold flat and, during this process, create the clothing's shape.'

  '132 5. also pays homage to traditional artisan skills'

Ten basic two-dimensional patterns make up the collection, the eventual garments being decided by the lines the patterns are cut along and their position.

"The job of a designer consists of a continual search for means by which to turn ideas into reality for those who can use them - in other words, a "Reality Lab."

Images courtesy of  isseymiyake